This desk came to me in two boxes: one long/wide enough to fill the back floor of my SUV; the other was approximately half the length, but a little deeper. Both boxes are heavy weighing 52 lbs. each and require two people to lift. The smaller of the two boxes contains the instructions, which were fairly easy to follow. Nothing is pre-assembled; however, most of the holes are pre-drilled. It took me approximately four hours to put together by myself. The only time I needed help was when placing the desk top onto the frame. My only real complaint is the quality of the drawers and of the hardware. The drawers are mostly made of MDF, and the longevity of MDF drawers is questionable. The hardware is made of aluminum which is soft and easy to bend and/or break. I broke the head off one of the wood screws without much effort, and I slightly over tightened one of the cams which caused it to bend. Great care needs to be taken with the hardware as only one or two extra pieces is provided for the wood screws and cams. Do not over tighten anything on this piece as it will strip very easily and crack the pieces you are screwing into. As others have mentioned, it's a good sized desk. I purchased this desk for my sewing room, and it will provide plenty of space to lay my art quilts on as I sew them. All in all once fully built this desk is pretty sturdy, the finish is great for the shabby chic look Im trying to accomplish, and the price was fairly good. I would have given 3.5 stars because I think this piece is above average. I bumped it up to 4 stars because 3.5 wasn't an option.
Very high quality, lovely rustic features. Table legs are lightweight, cheap, painted aluminum, but the table top is of excellent quality (and is the part that counts the most).
Pros: - Solid wood top piece? That's a rarity these days in a world where everything is MDF. Sure, Rubberwood isn't the greatest, but it feels like it has some substance to it. - It looks just like it does in the photos. - No keyboard drawer! Who uses keyboard drawers? They're ridiculous. The front flap never fully stays closed, they're always falling open, and using a keyboard on a keyboard drawer feels unnatural, given that it's below your belly button. Cons: - Cheap hardware. I'm guessing the screws are all aluminum instead of steel. The result is that it's extremely difficult to actually tighten everything because if you go too hard, it'll strip the screw. The good news is that they include plenty of extras, because I definitely stripped a few trying to tighten them. And there is one part where you are screwing in two long screws into the bottom laterally into a trench in the back bottom piece, with the cheap allen wrench included, which actually bent. - The result is that it was impossible to really tighten everything properly, so the desk is a little wobbly. I made sure to save all of the extra pieces and the instructions, because I'm sure this will need to be broken down and retightened everywhere next time I move. - The drawers are too shallow. They're barely 2 inches deep, meaning you can't keep much in them. - The screws for the drawer handles are too short. I struggled for an hour trying to get them to actually catch onto the drawer handles through the wood. I thought I actually accomplished it after a while, but upon putting the whole thing together and pulling out the drawer, the handle popped right off again. I'll have to buy longer screws and redo it.
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